ANOTHER day and something else to be dispirited about. Kim May, who as we know is a woman devoid of principle and conscience, who does not, despite her Anglican upbringing, understand the difference between right and wrong and so is blithely indifferent to breaking promises, seems set on breaking another to get her travesty of a Brexit deal though Parliament. What Kim May wants is, I suspect, what Kim May gets.
She wants her Brexit compromise talks with Labour to end by the middle of next week, which means they will, and which I fear means too that she’s given Corbyn a promise to stay in the customs union.
To which he will agree, since one of the many characteristics Jezza shares with Treesa is a taste for fudge. And it could be enough for her to get her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament on Labour votes.
At least it could be if the Labour Party weren’t even more at war with themselves than the Conservatives are. As well as the Brexit talks (participants being Keir Starmer, Seumas Milne – what a mean-looking fellow – and Rebecca Long-Bailey) there was another Labour show in town yesterday, the highlight of which was deputy leader Tom Watson storming out of the Shadow Cabinet meeting held to decide the party’s Brexit policy for the EU elections. As the Independent says, Labour (too) is in a mess over Brexit. It’s hard to keep up with who has betrayed whom and over what. It’s not just Tom who is outraged. Labour Party members are too, if Twitter is anything to go by. No one seems much up for the fudge delivered from the party’s NEC for their European elections manifesto. (A decision merely to keep open the option of a second referendum, rather than committing to a confirmatory vote, if you really want to know).
Below is just one of many tweets I spotted yesterday from furious Labourites threatening to end their membership.
@jeremycorbyn End of my lifelong Labour support. I cannot vote for a Brexit supporting party. Your constant fudging of the issue of a #PeoplesVote will enable a Tory Brexit. You are a traitor to the majority of Labour voters
— Wellesbournered (@Wellesbournered) April 30, 2019
On the brighter side Brexit, according to the FT, is grinding government to a halt. For all of us who believe in a smaller state not a bigger, more interfering, state that can only be a good thing. Close down the government and I am sure the country would run itself better. Perhaps our taxes could be reduced accordingly.
More positive news is that Conservative voters are flocking to Nigel Farage now that fewer than a third see their party as pro-Brexit. (A YouGov poll shows that more than half of those who voted Conservative in the 2017 general election intend to vote for Mr Farage’s new party.)
Then there is the sly Jeremy Hunt – who seems to be playing his own strategic leadership game – warning that a Brexit deal with Labour could alienate more MPs.
Well, we are sure it will, but whether that will translate into action is another matter. We can but live in hope.
At TCW we continue to count the days to the end of Kim May’s reign.
Today is Day 27 . . .